Presidential Scholarships were established in 1984 by then University of Northern Iowa President Constantine Curris to provide significant scholarship support for entering students with records of outstanding academic performance. Throughout the program's twenty-year history, students showing the highest levels of academic excellence and promise have been recognized and rewarded for their scholastic efforts.
Presidential Scholarships are awarded by the University Honors Program to high school seniors with a history of outstanding academic performance. Recipients will be those whose strong academic credentials are matched by personal involvement in leadership and service activities.
Twenty students will be awarded Presidential Scholarships worth $32,000 over four years ($8000 per year). Finalists for Presidential Scholarships will be invited to campus to interview with the selection committee.
- ACT composite of 29 or above (SAT-CR&M of 1280 or above) and top 10% high school class rank, or
- RAI of 335 or above
Application and Deadlines
Deadline: January 15
Complete application includes:
UNIversity Scholarship Application for Undergraduates (Provide a clear description of activities, honors, and leadership positions in the School/Community Activities section of the Resume tab.)
- An application for admission to UNI
- A typed, one-page, single-spaced essay should be attached to the UNIversity Application (1-1½ inch margins, 10-12 point font). Select an issue of personal, local, national, or international significance and discuss its importance to you.
January 15, 2013
Applications must be submitted using the UNIversity Scholarship Application.
February 1, 2013
Finalists for Presidential Scholarships will be invited to campus to interview with the selection committee. Interviews will take place during Up Close Day on Friday, February 15, 2013.
March 1, 2013
Presidential Scholarship recipients will be announced.